Cover Story

International Journal of Auditing – July 2017

United Arab Emirates



Photo: Headquarters of the Audit Institution of the United Arab Emirates, a pale greyish modern building with rows of windows that are very long relative to their width.  There are three palm trees on each side of the entrance and flags standing across the street from the entrance.

The State Audit Institution of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) officially moved into its new headquarters on April 2, 2017, in Zayed City.

Dr. Harib Al Amimi, President of UAE's State Audit Institution, stated that allocating an independent structure for the organization emphasized leadership's interest in enhancing the Supreme Audit Institution's (SAI) ability to support, empower and fully practice its mandates.

He also expressed the SAI UAE's important role in supporting growth and development, as well as continually updating audit theories and work methodologies to protect public funds at national and international levels, factors which, he believes, contributed significantly to the successful hosting of INCOSAI XXII.

The environmentally friendly headquarters is a 12,500 square meter six-floor building equipped with smart operating systems and provides an integrated, high-tech, stimulating environment.

Dr. Al Amimi added, "This building is a cultural landmark promoting our ability to manage public funds based on the principles of accountability, transparency and anti-corruption."



Photo:  Four people in white and four people in black each holding a large Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) professional certificate facing outward for view.

H.E. Dr. Harib Al Amimi honored auditors who earned the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) professional certificate after successfully completing the four-month program.

The CIPFA professional certificate qualifies auditors in basic public finance and accounting and is the only international certificate granted for governmental sector audit. The CIPFA certification program, which encompasses three themes: audit, anti-fraud and financial reports for the public sector, aims to strengthen auditors in a professional and accurate way.

"This certificate is not the ultimate goal but a means to improve the quality of audit and to enhance the State Audit Institution's work and final audit reports. It is also a way to practice the audit process in a very high professional manner in comparison to any audit institution in the world," said Dr. Al Amimi.

Honoring those who completed the CIPFA certification provides a supportive working environment for creativity and achievement and is part of ongoing State Audit Institution efforts in the journey toward achieving excellence and leadership in the field of audit.